Cape York Instrumental Program

Cape York Instrumental Program

Now in its fifth year, Queensland Music Festival’s (QMF) Cape York Instrumental Program (CYIP) is a partnership with the Cape York Academy (CYA) to deliver an instrumental music program on par with schools across the state.

The program is delivered across two CYA and one EQ school campuses in the remote Indigenous communities of  Coen, Hope Vale, and Aurukun respectively. The program provides year-round artists-in-residence, teacher mentoring, a band camp program, and an opportunity for students to perform in public.

At the heart of the program is the aim to give students education experiences equivalent to their counterparts elsewhere in Queensland. The program also improves the transitioning capacity of students who will need to travel to larger centres for higher education.

“Our music program sits alongside our instructional program as being the two greatest achievements and having the greatest impact on our children. It is helping them thrive”. Dr Noel Pearson, CYA Chairman

The Combined Schools Band has previously performed at the Yarrabah Band FestivalJazz on the Green, and Tropical Jam as part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations; the Cairns Show; and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

2017 Dates

Aurukun
6-9 Mar
2-5 May

Coen
6-10 Feb
15-19 May
9-13 Oct

Hope Vale
13-16 Feb
22-25 May
17-20 Oct

Band Camp
12-17 Jul

School Band Performance Dates

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
Sun 16 Jul, 2:00pm

Artist-In-Residence Dates

Aurukun
6-9 Mar
2-5 May

Coen
6-10 Feb
15-19 May
9-13 Oct

Hope Vale
13-16 Feb
22-25 May
17-20 Oct

Jane Hopkinson
Will Kepa
Ben Hakalitz
Hannah Trotter

Students from the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts
Students from The University of Queensland

Queensland Music Festival would like to thank the following organisations for their support of the Cape York Instrumental Program

  • Smithfield State High School Jazz Academy
  • Tablelands Regional Youth Orchestra

Cape York Instrumental Program is presented by Queensland Music Festival and the Cape York Academy

Cape York AcademyQueensland Government Bryan Foundation The University of Queensland  Seymour Whyte Logo_skytrans_monoAustralia Council for the ArtsFrazer Family Foundation    ACPA

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project has received additional support from the Queensland Government through Department of the Premier and Cabinet, as part of its commitment to maintaining and building safe, connected and cohesive communities. ACPA student mentoring at the Band Camp has been supported by the Pavetta Foundation.